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Office Manager gets creative in organizing food drive

Office Manager gets creative in organizing food drive

Deanna Fisher of American Family Insurance in Mason City put on her thinking cap this holiday season to spark interest in her office food drive. “Anyone who brings in any…

Op-ed: Public discourse (by Peter Children)

In any society, public discourse is unparrell. You would think that would be the rigor in a democratic society….. but surprisingly it is not. Look at Mason City as an…

Alleged Child Rapist Caught After 9 Years on the Run

Sacramento, CA – U.S. Marshals have arrested Pasquale Patrick Senatore a 45 year old male in New Jersey for a 2002 warrant out of El Dorado County. In 1998 Senatore…

Operation SOCC Brought 628 Sex Offenders into Compliance

Greenville, SC – The U.S. Marshals from South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia along with Greenville, Spartanburg, and Pickens County Sheriff’s Deputies, Greenville and Mauldin Police Officers, and the South…

Couple Charged with Conspiracy to Steal Military Jet Fuel

OKLAHOMA CITY—A federal grand jury has indicted DOYLE LATIMER, 55, and his wife, CYNTHIA LATIMER, 59, both from Elgin, Oklahoma, for conspiracy to steal jet fuel and defraud the United…

Illegal Alien Sentenced to Over 10 Years in Prison for Attempting to Entice and Coerce a Minor

NEW ORLEANS, LA—DENNIS SORTO-ENAMORADO, age 30, an illegal alien from Honduras and most recently living in Metairie, Louisiana, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt to 121…

Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Robert S. Mueller, III, Director, Statement Before the Senate Judiciary Committee Good morning, Chairman Leahy, Ranking Member Grassley, and members of the committee. Thank you for the opportunity to appear…

Former Waterloo Man Sentenced on Child Pornography Charge

A man who possessed child pornography was sentenced December 12, 2011, to seven months in federal prison. Martin Weeks, age 43, formerly of Waterloo, Iowa, and now of New York,…

Iowa Transportation Commission approves additional highway work in North Iowa

AMES, Iowa – On Tuesday, at their meeting in Ames, the Iowa Transportation Commission approved an amendment to the 2012-2016 Iowa Transportation Improvement Program (Program) that will advance the letting…

Iowa Travel Information Center in Mason City receives funding

AMES, Iowa – On Tuesday, the Iowa Transportation Commission (Commission) approved more than $1.6 million for five transit providers under the calendar year 2012 Iowa Intercity Bus Assistance Program. The…

Ag Processing Inc to Pay $96,588 Penalty for Failure to Develop Response Plan for Operations in Mason City

(Kansas City, Kan.) – Ag Processing Inc (AGP), a farmer-owned cooperative involved in the acquisition, processing and marketing of grain products, has agreed to pay a $96,588 civil penalty to…

$214,000 Grant to Mason City, Iowa, for Drinking Water Improvements

(Kansas City, Kan., Dec. 15, 2011) – EPA has awarded $214,000 to Mason City, Iowa, for drinking water improvements. The project is expected to be completed by the summer of…

Michele Bachman to tour North Iowa on Sunday, Dec. 18th

Michele Bachman to tour North Iowa on Sunday, Dec. 18th

Sunday, December 18, 2011 Harvest Baptist Church Service 10:45 am CT 614 Second Avenue South Fort Dodge, Iowa Grid Iron Grill & Sports Lounge Meet and Greet 1:00 pm CT…

Congress approves $662 billion defense spending bill

Congress approves $662 billion defense spending bill

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Ending a weeks-long tangle with the White House, Congress approved a sweeping defense bill Thursday that includes controversial provisions on handling detainees…

NIH adopts plan to cut use of chimps in medical research

By Chris Adams, McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON — The National Institutes of Health said Thursday that it would curtail its use of chimpanzees in medical research, suspending new chimp research grants…

In rebellious Wukan, China, a rare sight: No authorities

In rebellious Wukan, China, a rare sight: No authorities

By Tom Lasseter, McClatchy Newspapers WUKAN, China — It’s the Chinese Communist Party’s nightmare in miniature: Locals stage protests against their land being taken away by shady real estate deals,…

Pattern of civil rights abuses alleged in Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Maricopa County

By Richard A. Serrano and Ashley Powers, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Phoenix-based department repeatedly arrested Latinos illegally, abused them in the county jails and failed to…

US mission ends in Iraq, but war’s wounds remain raw

US mission ends in Iraq, but war’s wounds remain raw

By David S. Cloud and David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times BAGHDAD — After nearly nine years of war, the loss of more than 100,000 lives and hundreds of billions of…

U.S. Justice Department says Arizona Sheriff Arpaio violated civil rights laws

In a 22 page report, the U.S. Justice Department has accused Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio with violating the civil rights of Latinos under his jurisdiction. “We notified MCSO…

Compensation board recommends raises for elected officials in Cerro Gordo county

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo county compensation board met this afternoon at the courthouse. The board meets once a year to make salary recommendations to the County Supervisors for…

Combative Mason City man bites officer

Combative Mason City man bites officer

Shortly after 9 pm on Wednesday, December 14th, officers were called to the 700 block of 4th Street SW to talk to 29 year-old Jon Ramon of Mason City who…

Iowa Transportation Commission approves grant for Coralville

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 13, 2011 – Today, the Iowa Transportation Commission approved a Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy (RISE) Immediate Opportunity grant application submitted by the city of Coralville. Up…

‘Homeland’ even surprises its star, Claire Danes

By Ellen Gray, Philadelphia Daily News PHILADELPHIA — She may have had a few covert affairs, but Carrie Mathison is not the kind of CIA operative who gets to sprint…

NIACC men win 84-60 over Riverland Community College

NIACC men win 84-60 over Riverland Community College

MASON CITY, Iowa – When the NIACC Trojan men played the Riverland Community College Blue Devils on November 9, the Trojans came back from 18 points down in the second…

NIACC women win 78-54 over Riverland Community College

NIACC women win 78-54 over Riverland Community College

MASON CITY, Iowa – Kika Greenlee (So., St. Louis Park, MN) recorded her fourth double-double of the season as the NIACC women’s basketball team topped Riverland Community College 78-54 on…

Melsahn Basabe: Any win vital for Iowa Hawkeyes at this point

Melsahn Basabe: Any win vital for Iowa Hawkeyes at this point

Scott Dochterman, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa IOWA CITY — For Melsahn Basabe, this Saturday’s basketball game against Drake is more than about just wrapping up Iowa’s instate basketball series…

Loveable Moptop From Barcelona is making a good first impression in Minnesota

Loveable Moptop From Barcelona is making a good first impression in Minnesota

By Jim Souhan, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) MINNEAPOLIS — If ever a Timberwolves’ draft pick was destined to disappoint, it was Ricky Rubio, the mystery wrapped in an enigma topped by…

Clippers acquire Paul in blockbuster deal

By Broderick Turner, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers pulled off the biggest trade in franchise history, acquiring New Orleans Hornets four-time All-Star point guard Chris…

Wild battles back gallantly to make a point

Wild battles back gallantly to make a point

By Michael Russo, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) ST. PAUL, Minn. — Nobody could have predicted two months ago that a Dec. 14 nationally televised showdown between the Wild and Chicago Blackhawks…

Tanker truck blast shuts L.A.-area freeway, sparks fire that damages bridge

Tanker truck blast shuts L.A.-area freeway, sparks fire that damages bridge

By Angel Jennings, Ari Bloomekatz and Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — A tanker truck filled with thousands of gallons of gasoline exploded on the 60 Freeway…

Combative Mason City man bites officer

Combative Mason City man bites officer

MASON CITY – Shortly after 9 pm on Wednesday, December 15th, officers were called to the 700 block of 4th Street SW to talk to 29 year-old Jon Ramon of…

China to levy tariffs on U.S. automakers for sedans, SUVs

By Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press WASHINGTON — China’s Commerce Ministry announced Wednesday it will levy tariffs on U.S. automakers for imports of sedans and SUVs, touching off bipartisan criticism…